By developing programming that is both within and beyond the walls of the JCCNV, the Community Engagement Department strives to inspire Jewish journeys and serve as a catalyst for families in Northern Virginia to seek out deeper participation in Jewish life. Extensive outreach efforts support programs that are designed to emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values to people of all ages and backgrounds. Often, these programs are in partnership with area synagogues and Jewish agencies, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
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- New! Project Welcome Home
- Programs and Events
- Divas and Diners
- Mitzvah Program
- Growing Jewish Families
- Shalom Baby
New! Project Welcome Home
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia was selected to pilot Project Welcome Home, a JCC Association initiative meant to help the agency better assist US servicemen and women, and their families, to re-engage with their communities. Watch for program announcements on our website and in future issues of Centertainment. If you’d like to be added to our Project Welcome Home distribution list, and for more information, contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3064.
Programs and Events
For more information on any of the programs mentioned below, please contact Laurie Albert, Community Engagement Director, at Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3064.
Discounted Program and Class Rates. Throughout Centertainment, you’ll notice that the JCCNV offers member discounts on classes and programs. In order for membership rates to apply, membership must remain current throughout the duration of the class/program.
Children’s Program for Jewish Book Month!
Family Character Breakfast
Sunday, November 23, 9:30am–11am
Save the date for a special children’s program that is part of the Northern Virginia j.talks series. Be sure to register quickly as this program is usually a sell-out! Stay tuned for announcements and registration information.
Hands on Chanukah!
Sunday, December 14, 11am–3pm
Get ready for Chanukah with a day of music, arts and crafts, face painting, story time and more! Everyone is welcome.
Light Up the Night Throughout Northern Virginia
with Community Menorah Lightings
It’s Chanukah and we’re bringing the celebration to you! Join us during the week of Chanukah at a number of exciting locations throughout Northern Virginia. We’ll celebrate the holiday together by lighting candles, singing songs, enjoying entertainment, eating sufganiyot (donuts) and spinning the dreidel! Stay tuned for locations and times of events. For more information, contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3064.
J Fest and Film Screening
Thursday, December 25, 11am–3pm; 3pm film screening
Looking for something fun and exciting to do? Join your friends, family and community for a day of spectacular fun, food and entertainment! J Fest participants receive free admission to a film screening following J Fest activities (stay tuned for film title updates).
- Arts and crafts
- Games and activities
- Moon bounce & other inflatables
- Community service project
- Face painting, balloon artist and more!
- Kosher food available for purchase
Fee per family (up to 6 people): $20/ $15 member
Coming This Spring
Simcha Expo 2015
Sunday, March 22, noon–4pm
Location: JCCNV Contact: Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3064
If you are planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, baby naming, bris or any other kind of celebration, plan to attend this one-stop shopping expo! From invitations, DJs, party favors and caterers to photographers, venues and decorations…we’ll have it all!
Are you a Vendor? Contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org if you would like to participate in this exciting expo. Register early and SAVE! The deadline for participation is February 27, 2015.
Brought to you in partnership by the JCC of Northern Virginia, Gesher Jewish Day School and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Ladies’ Night: Summer Edition
(aka: Divas and Diners)
Wednesdays, monthly, 7:30pm
Location: Various locations in Northern Virginia, TBD
Whether you are a CEO of a successful business or the Commander-in-Chief of your home (or both!) you deserve a break from the daily grind. Connect with other women at this monthly gathering as we explore local restaurants, make new friends and enjoy some much needed “us time.”
Fee: Pay for your own food and/or drink
RSVP each month to Jennifer.Kanarek@jccnv.org.
Divas and Diners Ladies Night
Schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert or drinks with women of all ages and stages! Need a break from your regular routine? Looking for ways to connect with other women? Come out for this monthly gathering — bring a friend, and meet new ones, too! For information about event dates and locations contact Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045.
Special Ladies Night Hot Topics!
Conquer the Chaos
Tuesday, November 18, 7:30pm
Location: Gregorio’s Trattoria 1428 Northpoint Village Center, Reston, VA
Join us for dinner and discussion with professional organizer, Shana Cassidy of Chaos Defeated LCC. Shana specializes in streamlining the lives of busy families to give them more time and space for things that matter. Learn her strategies and hear her suggestions for conquering clutter and chaos at home.
Fee: Free admission; each person pays her own tab
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045
Committee Chair: Gail Gurin
The JCCNV Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff, as we volunteer on a number of social action projects, including making casseroles for the homeless each month, packing food boxes at an emergency food warehouse, visiting Jewish residents in retirement homes, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating food for Thanksgiving baskets, and volunteering during our hypothermia prevention program. If you would like more details about our social action programs, please contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org, or (703) 537-3064.